A soldier visiting Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano was left “seriously hurt” after falling off a cliff into the volcano’s caldera on Wednesday.
Responders from the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park rangers and Hawai‘i County Fire Department were ultimately able to rescue the 32-year-old. Park officials said, “The man had just climbed over a permanent metal railing at the Steaming Bluff overlook to get closer to the cliff edge.”
According to the news release, a search for the fallen man ensued and resulted in his rescue more than two hours later. Officials said he was found “on a narrow ledge about 70 feet down from the cliff edge.” He was airlifted to a hospital to medical treatment.
Officials issued a serious warning about the hazards of going past safety barriers, telling the results could be life threating.
Chief Ranger John Broward said “Visitors should never cross safety barriers, especially around dangerous and destabilized cliff edges. Crossing safety barriers and entering closed areas can result in serious injuries and death.”